I don't have Crohn's disease, but I have had MS for 31 plus years and I will be receiving my 10th Tysabri infusion on July 11th.
Since both MS and CD are autoimmune diseases which involve inflammation cells which cause damage, Tysabri has been studied for both diseases.
Furthermore, the company (Elan) whose scientists discovered Tysabri (formerly known as Antegren) has filed for FDA approval for the use of Tysabri in Crohn's Disease, and there is currently a FDA Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for July 31, 2007. It is my understanding that approval for CD might be forthcoming in October 2007.
When the FDA had its Advisory Committee meeting with regard to the use of Tysabri in MS on March 7th & 8th, 2007, I had testified (via videotape) in an effort with other MS patients (including CD patients that testified) to bring Tysabri back to patients who wanted and needed it.
Needless to say, that was a very emotional time for all of us, including the CD patients that knew the FDA would be deciding on Tysabri for MS, and not for CD at that time - but they were there anyway, supporting us and Tysabri and even testifying as to Tysabri's benefits for CD.
As a matter of fact, I recently met a young man on another MS forum that has both MS and CD. He had to change neurologists when he moved and his new neurologist was unwilling to prescribe Tysabri for his MS, but his GI drs wanted him to go on Tysabri for his CD, but they couldn't prescribe it for him because it hasn't been approved for CD yet!
I believe this young man's GI drs contacted his new neurologist and they discuss Tysabri with him, including all of the studies that have been done [ENCORE & ENACT I believe?] advising that this patient would definitely benefit from Tysabri which would treat both of his conditions with just one med....and the neurologist then agreed to put him on Tysabri! Talk about
a happy patient - LOL.
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Have a great evening everyone.
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